Wisconsin's Men's and Women's Teams

Congratulations to both the Wisconsin Rugby Club and Wisconsin Women's Rugby teams for winning the 2015 Midwest Championships and advancing to the USA Rugby Division 2 national tournament.

Wisconsin has teams competing in the collegiate 7s national championships and we're starting to see a clearer picture in the Boys High School playoffs. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. We've got a rare quiet spring weekend here in Wisconsin. Here are the remaining assignments for the weekend.

5/23/2015

  • FDL Chicago Silver backs D3M Steve Marvin 1:00
  • WRFC Chicago Griffins D2M Erik Goetz 1:00

COLLEGIATE 7s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wisconsin ruggers should keep an eye on Colorado this weekend as two of our men's collegiate teams will be competing in the USA Rugby College 7s National Championships. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Men will be competing in the Division 1 tournament, while the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men will be looking for top honors in Division 2. Goff on Rugby has some pool picks listed here in this competitive elite tournament.

You can Like both teams on Facebook for updates – UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

You can see playoff scores from the Boys High School playoffs here on the WRFU website. And we've got the brackets here for the quarterfinals in both Division 1 and Division 2.

In Division 1, we'll see Middleton vs. Whitefish Bay and Pulaski vs. Elkhorn battling to send the winners to the State Championship next weekend in De Pere, Wis. (near Green Bay). In Division 2, Parkway will play Southern Lakes, while Green Bay takes on Sheboygan. Best wishes to all eight teams competing this weekend to move on.

boys hs bracket

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

Two Wisconsin Girls High School teams traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., last weekend to compete in the National Invitational Championship. In Division 1, undefeated Wisconsin and Midwest Champion Divine Savior Holy Angels finished fourth overall. Catholic Memorial also competed in Division 2, but we're still looking for scores from those games.

Next weekend, the Girls High School 7s State Championship will take place at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, Wis., just east of Madison. Nine schools will compete across Division 1 and Division 2. Click here for a flier with more information and a schedule. There will be a $5 gate fee for fans. Players and Coaches are free.

SENIOR CLUB PLAYOFFS

milwaukeerfc2015 Division 4 Midwest Champions - The Milwaukee Rugby Football Club

Our state saw three of our five senior men's and women's clubs competing at the Midwest Championships take the 2015 titles. In a Madison sweep, both the Wisconsin Rugby Club (Division 2 Men) and Wisconsin Women's Rugby team (Division 2 Women) won their respective Midwest Championships to qualify for the USA Rugby East Regionals (Top 8 teams in the nation). Additionally, the Milwaukee Rugby Football Club claimed the Division 4 men's championship to cap their season. USA Rugby does not currently have a D4 national championship, so Milwaukee is done for the spring as Midwest Champs.

Down 27-14 heading into the last 20 minutes, the Wisconsin Rugby Club men rallied back to take a narrow 28-27 lead with just minutes left in the match. They held off the opposition as the final whistle blew, but a tired referee's scoring match nearly handed the opposition the match until statistics were verified for a nervous Wisconsin side. The WRC will play the New York Rugby Club at 1:45 eastern on Saturday, May 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina to advance to the national quarterfinals.

The Wisconsin Women had an easier time with their scorelines, earning two large wins last weekend to win their first Midwest Championship in more than 20 years. In Saturday's semifinal, Wisconsin defeated in-state rivals, the Milwaukee Scylla, 37-11 to advance to Sunday's final against the undefeated Cincinnati Kelts. After a slow start on Saturday, Wisconsin jumped out to take a three-try lead against the Kelts Sunday morning and never looked back. Wisconsin defeated the Kelts, 43-17, to take the title and earn their first trip back to Nationals since 2001. They will play the Burlington (Vermont) Women at 11:45 eastern on Saturday, May 30 in Charlotte to advance to the national quarterfinals. The WWRFC is also fundraising for this trip.

The Milwaukee RFC earned the D4 Midwest title with two wins last Saturday. The grueling same-day schedule saw Milwaukee knock down Detroit 55-12 . With just a few hours to recover, Milwaukee defeated the Eastside Banshees (Minnesota) 44-32 for the Midwest trophy.

In Division 1 action, the Milwaukee Barbarians ended their playoff run with a 48-11 loss to the Kansas City Barbarians. Milwaukee stayed within strike range through 60 minutes, down just 27-11, but lost momentum to the eventual Midwest Champions in the closing minutes. The Barbarians now turn their competitive side to 7s and summer training.

 

Wisconsin teams in playoffs photo montage

Wisconsin has five teams in the Midwest Senior Rugby Club Championships this weekend in Lemont, Illinois.

 

We have a huge weekend of rugby for Wisconsin teams. Both here in Wisconsin, but also across the Midwest in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. Here are this week's remaining assignments for the weekend and early next week.

5/16/2015
NEW PLAYOFFS

  • Pulaski NEWHSB Matt Bittner
  • DePere NEWHSB James Highfield
  • Oshkosh NEWHSB Brad Casetta
  • Valley Crusaders NEWHSB Craig Heiptes - Wilson
  • Sheboygan FDL/Oshkosh Jim Harrings, Jeff Kempen, Steve Marvin 11:00
  • WRFC Rockford Ravens D3M Erik Goetz 1:00
  • U23 women James Highfield
  • Oak Creek 10s Dan Channen, Chris Kenth
  • Green Bay Jazz Pigs D4M

5/20/2015

  • D1 Quarter Finals HSBD1 Cottage Grove

5/21/2015

  • D2 Quarter Finals HSBD2 Cottage Grove

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS

Congratulations and best wishes to Divine Savior Holy Angels and Catholic Memorial Girls Rugby as both teams advance to this weekend's Girls High School National Invitational Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. Undefeated Wisconsin State Champions and Midwest Champions, DSHA is seeded first in Division 1 and looking for its seventh national title. Catholic Memorial will be competing for top honors in Division 2. You can read more about the Championship tournament here via Goff Rugby Report and see all matches live-streamed here.

SENIOR CLUB PLAYOFF UPDATES

For complete details on the Midwest Sr. Rugby Championships held in Lemont, Illinois this weekend, please click here.

Men's Division 4
The Milwaukee RFC defeated the Chicago Riot on the road in Minnesota, 59-37. Milwaukee now advances to the Midwest Championships semifinal match vs. Detroit at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lemont, Ill. If Milwaukee beats Detroit, they'll advance to the D4 Championship at 5 p.m. to face the winner of the Eastside Banshees vs. Canton.

Men's Division 3
The Green Bay Celtics hosted the Midwest Division 3 Western Conference Finals this past weekend. In the semifinal matches Saturday, Green Bay defeated Iowa City 33-20 and Bremer County defeated the Milwaukee Barbarians D3 side, 50-33. On Sunday, Bremer County edged Green Bay, 19-17, to advance to the Midwest Championships.

Women's Division 2
The Midwest Championships will see an all-Wisconsin semifinal match this Saturday at 11:45 a.m. as the Milwaukee Scylla play the Wisconsin Women (Madison). In qualifying playoff matches this past Saturday, Milwaukee defeated the Chicago Sirens 72-0 to advance. In turn, Wisconsin handed the Will County Morrigans their first loss of the season, 41-7, to advance. Milwaukee and Wisconsin split their league matches during regular-season play with Milwaukee taking the first match in the fall, 23-22. Wisconsin rallied for a strong spring win to even the series, 52-24, in April. The winner of this Saturday's semifinal match will play the winner of the semifinal between the Cincinnati Kelts and the Buffalo Women. Sunday's champion advances to the USA Rugby Eastern Regionals.

Men's Division 2
The Wisconsin Rugby Club (Madison) will play the Detroit Tradesmen at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Midwest Championship match. Resting this past weekend, the WRC held off a late rally by Lincoln Park, 24-19, two weeks ago to advance to the championship and maintain their undefeated record. There is just the single championship match Saturday for Men's D2. The winner advances to the USA Rugby Eastern Regionals.

Men's Division 1
The Midwest Division 1 men's brackets at the Midwest Championships will see both Championship and Relegation competitions. Saturday's matches will be held at fields in Chicago, not at the Blaze fields in Lemont. The Division 1 standings can be seen here.

Milwaukee, in fourth place, will play first-place Kansas City at 1 p.m. at Riis Park hosted by the Chicago Griffins. Following that match, a relegation match between the Griffins and Cincinnati will kick off at 3 p.m. Of note, Milwaukee and Kansas City just played this past Saturday to a 41-33 score in KC's favor (match photos here). This Saturday's rematch should be an excellent one.

At the same time, second-place Metropolis faces the third-place Chicago Lions at 1 p.m. at Tyke Nolton Field (Lions' Field), followed by a relegation match between Palmer and Columbus at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the relegation final will be held at 10 a.m. out at Lemont, with the Division 1 Championship kicking off at 11 a.m.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

The Midwest Union is looking for volunteers for this weekend's senior Midwest Championships. Please contact Adrian Gannon at to volunteer.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THIS WEEKEND
The competitions committee is recruiting volunteers to assist with administering the Midwest playoffs/championships this weekend at the Blaze facility in Lemont, Illinois. Primary duties of these volunteers include:
• Expediting clubs to their correct field
• Confirming that rosters are entered into CMS
• Conducting ID checking with clubs prior to matches
Knowledge on the use of the CMS for roster checks, Midwest/USAR eligibility rules and Midwest rules of senior club competition is a plus. We encourage interested volunteers to direct message us your contact information. The deadline for interest volunteers is noon (central) on May 15, 2015. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

Thanks to our Badgerland Conference High School coaches, we've got the next round of updates on how the High Schools Boys of Badgerland Conference have been progressing. Playoffs are starting to be determined. We're still looking for updates from NEW. These updates do not include matches that occurred this week, however you can see recent scores here online.

Division 1 Boys
Paul "Guido" Stroede, coach of Middleton, shared a Division 1 update (Excel file uploaded to Facebook) earlier this week.

Division 2 Boys
Rich Bergemann, coach of Oregon/Stoughton, shared a Division 2 update (Excel file uploaded to Facebook) earlier this week.

The top 2 teams from East and West leagues will advance to playoffs May 21 versus the top teams from NEW. The State Championships will be May 30 in DePere, Wis., near Green Bay.

rugby rainbow

April showers will soon be over for 2015 (in just a few hours) and May's flowers are already blooming. As are the playoff hopes of area teams in both 15s and 7s. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. Here are this week's remaining assignments for the weekend and Monday evening.

5/1/2015

  • Kimberly FDL NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek Ref Coach: Blakeman 5:30
  • Little Chute Appleton NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • WI Rapids Valley Crusaders NEWHSB James Highfield 5:30
  • Whitefish Bay Marquette BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • Middleton Nicolet BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Grafton Muskego BHSB Jim Harrings 5:30
  • LaFollette Elkhorn BHSB Erik Goetz 5:30

5/2/2015

  • Iron women 15s UW Eau Claire women Craig Heiptes - Wilson, Bryan Stephy, Xanthi Gerasimo Eau Claire
  • FDL Fox Cities D3M Steve Marvin 1:00
  • Crusader Cup 7s Catholic Memorial HS Dan Channen, John Waliszewski, Tom Schmitt, 8:00
  • UW-Madison Prom Ball D1CW Ted Sibilsky, Emily Grambsch 1:00
  • WRFC Lincoln Park D2M Brad Casetta Ars: Steve Midthun, Terry Godfrey
  • College 7s D2/NSCRO Qualifier Marcus Dufrane, Erik Goetz, Brad Casetta, Jeff Kempen, Matt Bittner, Kevin Terpstra Cottege Grove

5/4/2015

  • GB Mavericks Marinette NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • DePere GB Leprechauns NEWHSB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Oregon/Stoughton Lake County BHSBD2 Erik Goetz 5:30
  • Madison Westside Waukesha BHSBD2 Greg Faber 5:30
  • Southern Lakes Sheboygan BHSBD2 Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • Milwaukee Patriots PeppNation BHSBD2 Ted Sibilsky 5:30
  • Kenosha St. Anthony's BHSBD2 Steve Midthun 5:30

PLAYOFF TEAMS

The following teams in Wisconsin are entering playoffs and/or competing to qualify for Nationals in 15s or 7s. We'll share scores as the teams continue to progress.

High School Girls
DSHA has qualified for 15s Nationals. Other WI teams to be determined.

Senior Women
Milwaukee Scylla, Midwest D2 15s Playoff Match vs. Chicago Sirens, Milwaukee, Wis., May 9
Wisconsin Women, Midwest D2 15s Playoff Match vs. County Will Morrigans, Manhattan, Ill., May 9.

High School Boys
Pulaski Roos, Midwest Single School Championship (May 2-3).

Collegiate Men
UW-Madison, USA 7s D1A Nationals
UW-Whitewater, USA 7s D2 Nationals, other WI schools pending on wildcards earned at Upper Midwest 7s (see below under Matches to Watch)

Senior Men
Wisconsin Rugby Club, Midwest D2 Playoff Match vs. Lincoln Park, Cottage Grove, Wis., May 2
Green Bay Rugby Club, Milwaukee Barbarians, Midwest D3 Championships, Green Bay, Wis., May 9

BIG TEN 7s HONORS

Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Matoko Nedehou on earning Big Ten Rugby First Team 7s Honors this spring. UW-Madison also earned Honorable Mention honors by Hunter Crass, who is an alumni of Nicolet High School.

Additional congrats to Taylor Young, currently playing for Iowa, who is a Whitefish Bay alumni. Young was named to the Big Ten 7s Second Team.

MATCHES TO WATCH

Now that matches are filling up the calendar, we'll be highlighting matches of note. If you know of an upcoming match of interest, please let us know!

MEN – The Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex will be a busy place this Saturday as it hosts both the Collegiate Men's Upper Midwest 7s and a Senior D2 15s playoff match between Wisconsin Rugby Club and Lincoln Park. More info on the Upper Midwest 7s can be found here (Facebook Event). Sounds like a great day of both forms of rugby!

Last Week's Men's Match to Watch – Wisconsin Rugby Club defeated visiting South Side Irish, 34-13, in a Midwest D2 Playoff seeding match to retain top honors.

WOMEN – We're keeping an eye on the Crusader Cup 7s tournament hosted by Catholic Memorial High School Girls for Saturday. The tournament is being held in honor of former rugger and nationally-renowned journalist James Foley who was killed in 2014.

Last Week's Women's Match to Watch – The UW-Milwaukee Women defeated UW-Madison 17-5 and UW-La Crosse 26-0 to sweep their collegiate women's round-robin last weekend.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Johnson, Wisconsin Women's Rugby. Taken April 29, 2015 at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex.

greenbayrugby

Green Bay Celtics will host this weekend's Men's D3 Midwest Western Conference Finals.

Hard to believe it's actually May *and* 15s playoffs season has started. Our college teams are taking their final exams, while the senior teams are gearing up for playoff runs. And the High School Boys' teams are only a few weeks away from the State Championships. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. Here are this week's remaining assignments for the weekend and Monday evening.

5/8/2015

  • Kimberly WI Rapids NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Pulaski Joeys GB Leprechauns NEWHSB James Highfield 5:30
  • DePere Pulaski Roos NEWHSB Chad Nyes 5:30
  • Marinette Wausau NEWHSB Steve Midthun 5:30
  • Oregon/Stoughton Southern Lakes BHSBD2 Luis Lucas - Erik Goetz coach 5:30
  • Madison West PeppNation BHSBD2 Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Lake County Waukesha BHSBD2 Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • Milwaukee Patroits St.Anthonys BHSBD2 Trevor Williams 5:30
  • Sheboygan Kenosha BHSBD2 Jim Harrings 5:30
  • DSHA Oak Creek HSG Dane Kilpatrick 6:00

5/9/2015

  • Milwaukee Barbarians KC Blues D1M ARS: Ted Sibilsky, Trevor Williams 1:00
  • Wisconsin RFC FDL D3M Phil Winkler 1:00
  • Madison Minotaurs VOMITS D4M Jake Winkler 1:00
  • Scylla Chicago Sirens D2W playoffs Jim Harings 11:00
  • Green Bay Iowa st D3M playoffs Steve Midthun ARs: Matt Bittner, Alec Prochnaik 1:00 Green Bay
  • Breamer County Milwaukee Barbarians D3M playoffs Brad Casetta ARs: Matt Bittner, Alec Prochnaik 3:00 Green Bay
  • Appleton 10s HSG Matt Crapeau, Dan Channen 10am

5/10/2015

  • D3 Mens Championship D3M playoffs Erik Goetz, ARs Matt Bittner, Alec Prochnaik 11:00 Green Bay

5/11/2015

  • FDL WI Rapids NEWHSB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Little Chute Kimberly NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Valley Crusaders Oshkosh NEWHSB Mike Good Ref Coach: John Blakeman 5:30
  • Muskego LaFollette BHSB Tom Schmitt 5:30
  • Grafton Whitefish Bay BHSB Jim Harrings 5:30
  • Marquette Middleton BHSB Trevor Williams 5:30
  • Elkhorn Nicolete BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30

PLAYOFF UPDATES - MATCHES TO WATCH

This weekend, we'll see four of Wisconsin's senior club teams participate in Midwest playoff matches here in Wisconsin and across the border in Illinois.

Men's Division 3
The Green Bay Celtics men's team will host the Midwest Division 3 Western Conference Finals in Green Bay, Wis. Host team Green Bay (undefeated in D3) will kick off against the Iowa City Ducks at 1 p.m. Following that match, fellow Wisconsin team Milwaukee Barbarians D3 will kick off against the Bremer County Bucks at 3 p.m. Sunday will see the winners advance to the Championship match at 11 a.m., where we all hope to see an all-Wisconsin final. Sunday's Western Conference Champion advances to the Midwest Championship next weekend, Saturday, May 16 down in Lemont, Ill.

Women's Division 2
Our state will also see both of its senior women's teams compete Saturday to advance in the Midwest Division 2 Women's playoffs. The Milwaukee Scylla will host the Chicago Sirens at 11 a.m. on Milwaukee's lakefront at the Old Gun Club field. Later in the afternoon, the Wisconsin Women (Madison) travel to play the Will County Morrigans down in Manhattan, Ill., at 1 p.m. The winners of these matches will advance to play each other on Saturday, May 16 in Lemont, Ill., to determine the Western Conference Finalist at 11:45 a.m. Based on competitive history, we'll likely see the two Wisconsin teams face off again next Saturday.

Preparing For Next Weekend
The Division 1 Milwaukee Barbarians will wrap up their regular league play Saturday against the Kansas City Blues at home, after already locking down a playoff trip to play the Blues again on May 16 in Lemont.

Division 2 Wisconsin Rugby Club rests this weekend to prepare for their own Midwest Championship against the Detroit Tradesmen May 16 in Lemont as well.

In The Media
You can also see Projected Brackets for the men's divisions via rugby media sources:

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

Thanks to our Badgerland Conference High School coaches, we've got updates on how some of the High Schools Boys have been progressing so far this spring. We're still looking for updates from NEW.

Division 1 Boys
Paul "Guido" Stroede, coach of Middleton, shared a Division 1 update (Excel file uploaded to Facebook) earlier this week. As of this update, we're seeing quite the tough race at the top of Division 1. Whitefish Bay was leading the standings with 22 Super League Points, while Middleton and Elkhorn were tied at 21 points a piece and nipping right at the heels of Whitefish Bay. Grafton is also close with 19 points. All four of these teams are now in playoff range as the top four teams. Playoffs will be held May 20. The rest of league sees Nicolet in 5th place with 10 points, followed by Marquette (7 pts), Muskego (3) and the Exiles (0).

Division 2 Boys
Rich Bergemann, coach of Oregon/Stoughton, shared a Division 2 update (Excel file uploaded to Facebook) late last week. As of this update, Southern Lakes was leading the West league of the Badgerland Conference with 15 Super League Points, while Oregon/Stoughton was in second place with 12 points. Waukesha (9 pts), Lake Country (7 pts), and Madison Westside (5 pts) round out that side of the league. In the East league, the Milwaukee Patriots (17 pts) just edge Sheboygan (16 pts), followed by Kenosha (11), PeppNation (6) and St. Anthony's (0).

The top 2 teams from East and West leagues will advance to playoffs May 21 versus the top teams from NEW. The State Championships will be May 30 in DePere, Wis., near Green Bay.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ALL-STARS SEEK SUPPORT

Wisconsin High School Girls All-Star Coach Jeff Noe is looking for sponsors for this year's team. From Jeff:

My name is Jeff Noe, I have coached for 10 years at a WI high school girls' rugby program. I am now the WI HS All Star coach and really want to continue promoting the game and getting more high schoolers to continue playing at higher levels. I want to help increase their awareness of higher level rugby options, that it exists at the next level and to actively search for rugby when they arrive on campus if not before or for senior sides if they are not in college.

This is my third year in this position and hope to continue pushing the top players to active careers after high school. We have had graduates go on to play at nearly all the WI schools, Univ of MN, Univ of Northern Iowa, Norwich, Lindenwood, Winona State and Quinippiac. My goal is to continue to increase their knowledge and exposure to the opportunities available to them.

To help with this and to help the All-Star program with fundraising here is my suggestion.
Donation:
$100 - Your team logo on the t-shirt, and your info page included in a packet to be given to all the players.
$200 - Meal sponsor, logo again on t-shirt, and info page in packet, but we will also specifically read out your page or any personal congrats/wishes before a team meal at our tournaments in June.

Things I would include in your info page...back story about the club, recent accomplishments, how and who to contact, if there is a facebook or web page they can go to for more info, anything over the summer that they could join early.

The cutoff date is May 14th, so I have time to collect the info and make the shirts. So please reply back to me with your interest by then so I can make sure your team is included.

Checks can be made to Wisconsin Rugby or Jeff Noe and sent to Jeff Noe, 823 12th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

Thanks,
Jeff Noe
Head Coach
WI Girls HS All Stars
608-547-9964

 

 

UW La Crosse Men's Rugby Team Photo from Milwaukee 7s Tournament

The UW-La Crosse Men's Rugby team swept both the top and clydesdale divisions at last weekend's Milwaukee 7s tournament.

A cold and rainy Saturday is in store for this weekend, but we all know Wisconsin ruggers are tougher than most. Playoffs are starting for several leagues and some are also looking ahead to summer already. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Wondering who beat who? A reminder that you can see scores from matches played here in our state online at the WRFU website.

HELP SEND UW-WHITEWATER MEN TO 7s NATIONALS

Following on the heels of their national 15s run in the fall, the UW-Whitewater Men are raising funds to travel to the National 7s Championship this spring. Consider helping the Warhawks with a donation here.

PAID FOR YOUR REFEREE ESCROW YET?

Here is the latest update of team escrows for the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society. *SEVERAL TEAMS ARE PAST DUE.* Escrow invoices were provided to every team at the December WRFU general meeting.

The WRRS has continued to provide referees for teams that are now past due in their escrows. Please ensure your team is paid in full soon to continue receiving referees for your matches.

Any questions? Please contact WRRS President Steve Midthun () or WRRS Treasurer Erik Goetz (). Be proactive and contact the WRRS today if you need to establish a payment plan, if club financials are a concern.

[Please Note: These are NOT your dues for the WRFU. Those are separate invoices. Questions related to WRFU dues? Please contact WRFU Treasurer Bryan Heim ().]

High School Girls Clubs (9 Teams)
Appleton – Escrow Owed
Bruisers – Escrow Owed
Catholic Memorial – Escrow Owed
DSHA – Escrow Owed
Kettle Moraine – Escrow Owed
Muskego – Escrow Owed
Oak Creek – Escrow Owed
Sirens – Escrow Owed
Vernon – Escrow Owed

High School Boys Clubs (29 Teams)
Elkhorn - Escrow Owed
Grafton - Escrow Owed
Kenosha - Escrow Owed
LaFollette - Escrow Owed
Lake Country - Escrow Owed
Madison West - Escrow Owed
Marquette - Escrow Owed
Middleton – Escrow Owed
Muskego – PAID
Nicolet - Escrow Owed
NEW Conference Total (14 Teams) - Escrow Owed
Oregon - Escrow Owed
Patriots - Escrow Owed
St. Anthony's - Escrow Owed
Waukesha - Escrow Owed
Whitefish Bay - Escrow Owed

College Women's Clubs (11)
Marquette - Escrow Owed
Northern Michigan - Escrow Owed
UW-Eau Claire - Escrow Owed
UW-La Crosse - Escrow Owed
UW-Madison – PAID
UW-Milwaukee – PAID
UW-Oshkosh - Escrow Owed
UW-Platteville - Escrow Owed
UW-Stevens Point - Escrow Owed
UW-Stout - Escrow Owed
UW-Whitewater - Escrow Owed

College Men's Clubs (13)
Marquette - Escrow Owed
Michigan Tech - Escrow Owed
MSOE - Escrow Owed
Northern Michigan - Escrow Owed
UW-Eau Claire - Escrow Owed
UW-La Crosse - Escrow Owed
UW-Madison – Escrow Owed
UW-Milwaukee – Escrow Owed
UW-Parkside – Escrow Owed
UW-Platteville - PAID
UW-Stevens Point - Escrow Owed
UW-Stout - Escrow Owed
UW-Whitewater - Escrow Owed

Senior Women's Clubs (2)
Scylla – PAID
Wisconsin – PAID

Senior Men's Clubs (11)
Milwaukee Barbarians – Escrow Owed
Black & Blue – Escrow Owed
Fond du Lac – PAID
Fox Cities – Escrow Owed
Green Bay – Escrow Owed
La Crosse Men – Escrow Owed
Madison Minotaurs – PAID
Milwaukee – Escrow Owed
Oconomowoc – PAID
Oshkosh – PAID
Wisconsin - PAID

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. These are shared earlier in the week via email and social media updates.

4/24/2015

  • Appleton WI Rapids NEWHSB Mike Good 5:30
  • Marinette Pulaski Joeys NEWHSB Dave Hendrick 5:30
  • Wausau GB Mavericks NEWHSB James Highfield 5:30
  • GB Leprechauns Pulaski Roos NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • PeppNation St. Anthony's BHSBD2 Ted Sibilsky 5:30
  • Madison Westside Milwaukee Patriots BHSBD2 Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Oregon/Stoughton Kenosha BHSBD2 Phil Winkler 5:30
  • Sheboygan Lake County BHSBD2 Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Waukesha Southern Lakes BHSBD2 Jim Harrings 5:30

4/25/2015

  • UW Milwaukee 15s UW Milwaukee women CW Dan Channen, Jeff Kempen, John Blakeman
  • Milwaukee B and B FDL D3M Jim Harrings 1:00
  • Oshkosh Fox Cities D4M Matt Bittner 1:00
  • WRFC South Side Irish D2M Trevor Williams ARs: Brad Casetta, Terry Godfrey 1:00
  • WRFC South Side Irish D3M Brad Casetta 2:30
  • WWRFC Minneapolis Menagerie D1W Terry Godfrey 11:00 Cottage Grove
  • Milwaukee Scylla Chicago D1W Steve Marvin 11:00 Gun Club
  • Kettle Moraine Appleton HSG Ted Sibilsky 10:00
  • College 7s Eau Claire CM Erik Goetz, James Highfield, Peter Wickman, Craig Heiptes - Wilson, Bryan Stephy Eau Claire

4/27/2015

  • Marinette Pulaski Roos NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • Oshkosh FDL NEWHSB Mike Good 5:30
  • Appleton Valley Crusaders NEWHSB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Little Chute WI Rapids NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Middleton Elkhorn BHSB Erik Goetz 5:30
  • Whitefish Bay LaFollette BHSB Trevor Williams 5:30
  • Muskego Marquette BHSB Jim Harrings 5:30
  • Grafton Nicolete BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30

MIDWEST 7s SERIES LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED

For all the speedsters wishing 15s was over soon, Wisconsin will see two of this summer's Midwest Sevens Series sites within our state boundaries. The five-stop men's series will see action start at the Madtown 7s June 20, followed by Lakefront 7s in Milwaukee on June 27. The women will have a four-stop series starting at Lakefront 7s. More details here courtesy of Lakefront 7s.

UPDATED WRFU EVENTS

We've updated our events listing on the WRFU website. If you have an event that you'd like to share via the WRFU, please email Jessica at .

MATCHES TO WATCH

Now that matches are filling up the calendar, we'll be highlighting matches of note. If you know of an upcoming match of interest, please let us know!

MEN – Division 2 Wisconsin Rugby Club, no stranger to the Midwest and national playoff scene lately, begins their quest for another national title Saturday. The WRC will host Chicago's South Side Irish in a Midwest D2 seeding match. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. in Cottage Grove.

Last Week's Men's Matches to Watch – Congrats to the UW-La Crosse Men who swept both the top and Clydesdale divisions in the Milwaukee 7s. It was the first tournament of the Wisconsin Collegiate Men's 7s Series.

WOMEN – We'll be keeping an eye on a round-robin 15s tournament with our state's two Division 1 women's programs UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, hosted by the Panthers in Milwaukee. Perennially tough Division 2 UW-La Crosse fills out the trio for a day of some hard-hitting women's college matches.

Last Week's Women's Matches to Watch – The Elite Women's 7s tournament held at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex saw Winona State take the title. UW-Oshkosh finished second, while organizing team UW-Stevens Point finished third. Here's a Goff article on UWSP spring efforts and the 7s tournament.

JOIN BARBARIANS ON TOUR TO 2015 WORLD CUP

The Milwaukee Barbarians are planning a 2015 World Cup tour to the UK, September 23 – October 4. Wisconsin ruggers are invited to join this tour. The 12-day tour includes transportation, lodging, and breakfast at hotels in country. Please contact John Paul Kloiber at 414-477-5114 or Dan Watters at 414-617-4163 for more information.

If your team is planning a tour or tournament trip, please let us know and we can help you promote your tour.